What's taking the guys behind Carcassonne [$4.99] so long to update the app with universal support? Creating and then implementing new UI ain't easy. But rest assured, the update will hit in 2010 as planned. In fact, it'll hit later this month.

In a new blog post, the crew lightly details some of the work that has been done and even shares some exciting new screenshots of the new, bigger, and enhanced UI elements we'll be fiddling with in the coming days. (And fiddle we will; this game flat-out rocks.)

"After being busy working out details, new designs and user interfaces, we are ready to commit to a release of the iPad update in December," the post reads. "So in a short while you’ll be able to enjoy Carcassonne on the big screen and we will start working on expansions and adding Game Center support."

Here's a sampling of what's being shown:

As you may have caught in the above, after this update is complete and available, the studio will be turning its eyes to updates and Game Center support. Add-on content is something even board-based fans of the title have been receiving for years, so there's a deep pool of content to pick from. Bring it on!

  • http://twitter.com/IphoneTnT Trent Taylor

    Just a reminder, The devs noted quite some time ago that the price of Carcassonne would be increasing to $9.99 when the iPad update went live.

    It's entirely possible that the devs changed their minds but anyone foolish enough to not have the game now should pick it up now at $4.99 just in case (Don't worry about scaling as it looks fantastic on the iPad in 2x)

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  • MisterDrgn

    I played this game a TON when it first came out and would have gladly bought several expansions as DLC. However, it's been a long time since then, and I've mostly moved on. I think they would have done better if they'd focused on making the expansions and releasing those back when there was less competition from other apps (board games and otherwise).

  • Smegley

    This is not a game that ever gets old.

    • starmonkey

      Foshizzle. I got this the day it came out and I still play every single day. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT.

  • HipHopTouch

    Fantastic app, in my top ten ever.

  • Anonymous

    Inns & Cathedrals, please. I wouldn't mind The River either, though I want Inns & Cathedrals a lot more. Well, I'll take all the expansions. Those two are the only ones I've played, that's all. I&C is great!

  • sky

    I think this is a spectacular game and all - and agree with Smegley, it never gets old... but, quite honestly, the amount of time that it takes for these guys to update is nowhere short of excessive. UI update? It looks more like a UI tweak + enhancement.

    For my last note of bashing, it confuses me why it would take so long to add an expansion to the game (perhaps the game isn't their first priority though). I'm no coder and I do not doubt the process is difficult, but the system is already set in place so allowing for new board pieces does not seem like it would take this long. Again, I totally accept the thrashing this argument is about to take.

    • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

      I'm betting the Incident was much more successful for them in the short term had to focus on that.

      I have a hard time finding fault, though, because the current version is SO nice with great attention to detail. I'd hate to see them rush something out that was buggy or clunky.

    • Christopher

      Most of the expansions add new rules as well as new tiles, so the implementation is not as straightforward as it might seem.

    • Anonymous

      The wait for updates is pretty agonizing, but like others have said, adding expansions changes rules and will require changes to the AI to use strategies appropriate for each expansion, so it's not just a matter of adding tiles and rules. Plus the quality of Carcassonne is way over the top, and they aren't going to want to compromise that quality. That means lots of testing and refinement before release. At least that's what I imagine is taking so long.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    Looks great. I'm glad they're planning on adding Game Center support as their current player management is a bit odd and tied to a device.

    What I REALLY want them to add is a scoring replay. It would add to the satisfaction of each game and help newbies understand the scoring better. It could allow a step by step viewing of the scoring after the game is done.

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